"A simply marvellous book by author Jason Kelly detailing the tale of a little-known Montana mining town trying to break into the sporting world big leagues by promoting a heavyweight championship fight featuring the immortal Jack Dempsey." USA Boxing News. "Enjoyable...Mr. Kelly writes sympathetically, not mockingly, of Shelby, and he has a proper appreciation for the brazen roguery of Doc Kearns, whose greed and manipulativeness made the fight possible and doomed Shelby's self-promotional hopes." Bill Kauffman, Wall Street Journal. "Shelby's Folly is such fun to read. Kelly builds toward the fight with insight into the backgrounds and personalities of Dempsey and Kearns, Gibbons, the Shelby town leaders, and the web of fight arrangers and their negotiations." Ken Robison, Montana, The Magazine of Western History. "Jason Kelly's Shelby's Folly is a highly entertaining slice of Am"Mr. Kelly, in his second book, tells this story in a highly entertaining fashion with great detail... The book is a fine read, even for those who know the story well." David Crisp, Billings Outpost. "[Shelby's Folly is] a great story of a town prostituting itself to sport and one that has been repeated many times since." D. R. Danbom, Time Out for Entertainment.
About the Author
Jason Kelly is an associate editor of the University of Chicago Magazine. He is the author of Mr. Notre Dame: The Life and Legend of Edward “Moose” Krause.